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The Lady Actress
     

The Lady Actress

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by Kelly S. Taylor
 

ISBN-10: 0615262503

ISBN-13: 9780615262505

Pub. Date: 11/05/2008

Publisher: The Wapshott Press

The life and times of Anna Cora Mowatt, a forgotten American Victorian superstar.

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The life and times of Anna Cora Mowatt, a forgotten American Victorian superstar.

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ISBN-13:
9780615262505
Publisher:
The Wapshott Press
Publication date:
11/05/2008
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
254
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.58(d)

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The Lady Actress 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
hippypaul More than 1 year ago
Anne Cora Mowatt was an American author, public reader, playwright and actress who lived from 1819 to 1870. Dr. Taylor's book is an intensive exploration of her life, work, and the surrounding society that shaped both. The author uses Ms. Mowatt's works and the works of others to draw insight into both her public persona and what might have been her inner feelings and motivations The author divides the book into eight sections. First a brief overview, then a short biography of the subject, this is followed by an examination of her autobiography, fiction, drama, performance and poetry. She closes with an examination of what she feels is the legacy of her subject. In each section she is careful to examine the world in which Ms. Mowatt lived and worked. This was a world that was predominately against females, of the better sort, doing any of the things that this woman did. And yet she was able to became famous not infamous. The social tightrope she walked is very well explored. This book is very informative not only as a source of information in woman's studies but as a general history of arts and letters in the US. If the book has a flaw it is in the somewhat choppy narrative flow. It is not an easy read but it is one that will reward the reader with a wealth of information.